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Zawadi's family
Subsistence farming
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14th Payment
Transfer Amount
3470 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I have a lot of goals for this year, but my top priority is to save enough money to launch a business. It would be wise to start another profitable business since I don't make enough money from selling charcoal to support my family. In this regard, I want to launch a small kiosk business selling fruits, vegetables, and fish that are fresh. I'll eventually turn the company into a fast-food restaurant and make a fortune.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Both my husband and I work odd casual jobs such as making and selling charcoal in order to make ends meet. Our family has experienced extreme hardship over the last three months as a result of significant financial difficulties. Due to the small number of buyers, selling the charcoal yields very little profit. In addition to paying very little, it is extremely tiresome and laborious and has detrimental effects on our health. I therefore spent a sizable portion of $14 from my February transfers on food for the family. We had to survive on one meal per day as the situation grew worse. I'm happy to report that since receiving the money, we now eat two meals a day. In similarly, I funded my four children's primary school education by paying their tuition in an effort to keep them in class and prevent them from being frequently dismissed, which would have distracted them from their studies. Finally, I put the last $10 into a savings group because I'd like to open a fast food restaurant someday.
10th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($25 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I am married with four children. My husband works as a charcoal burner, which is the source of our daily income. Life as a charcoal burner can be a struggle because charcoal is not a necessity, as many people prefer to use firewood. The biggest challenge is ensuring that the family has a meal and the children are at school. After being enrolled in the support program, I distributed the money equally to my immediate needs, which are school fees and food for the family. Recently, I changed the cycle of expenditure and now I saved $10 and equally spent the rest on food and school fees.
6th Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($26 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
Actually three days before receiving the funds, two of my kids had actually been kicked out school due to the fact that I had failed to settle their tuition debt. That is why as soon as I realised the donation had come through, I took away KES 1,500 and ensured I paid some part of the tuition debt. I also used KES 1,000 from the transfers I had got and used it to purchase four packets of maize flour because there was no food in the house. Lastly I used the balance of KES 500 and left it in my savings account because I was hoping later on when I had saved enough help renovate my house since it was almost collapsing.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
3050 KES ($27 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly is doing well by providing the cash transfers.Personally I have hope in having a new home because of the monthly transfers. I am grateful for what this funds have done for not only me but also to the whole village.I have not seen anything I would like GiveDirectly to do differently.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have four children who are in school, recently when I received the transfers they were all sent home due to school fees arrears of KES 4500.I used part of my transfer and paid KES 1000 in order for them to be allowed back in school.The remaining KES 2000 I paid up to my sacco because am planning to borrow money from the sacco to build a house.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1200 KES ($11 USD)
access_time 1 year ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I had received my first transfer at around 9am when I was just in the house. In the course of that week, I was in great need of finances since my children were just at home because I had not paid their remedial fee. Upon realization of the transf1er I felt so nice and very happy. However, in order to build my confidence that it was real the transfer had been sent to me, I consulted my helper who equally confirmed that I had received the right amount. I could not hesitate but to rather go and withdraw it.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
Since I began receiving my transfer, the biggest difference in my life is clearing school fee arrears for my children in time. Since I paid their fee, they have been studying so comfortably without being sent back home. As a result, I have begun noticing some improvement in their academics. In the previous terms, they could spend quite a long time home being frequently had difficulties in paying their remedial fee. This greatly undermined their studies. I am so glad that in the next 5 years, my children will always be able to be in school no or minimal disruption.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I spent my first transfer to pay school fee for my two children. They had been sent back home for fee arrests equivalent to KES 400 at a time when I was down financially. Paying their school fee in time has really relieved me from the pressure of having them just at hime. I spent the rest KES 700 to buy food stuffs for my household. As a result, the past one month has been a better month since I not only cleared paying school fees but also had some food in the house. Therefore, the additional income I could get to a great extent supported my family. I did not struggle like I used to during 2021.
access_time over 1 year ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My family and I are currently living in a miserable grass-thatched one-bedroom house missing a door. Moreover, one of the walls collapsed a few months ago and I have been unable to renovated the house up to now. I am planning to use 50,000KES to construct a new three-bedroom semi-permanent house for my family of eight. The three rooms will be enough for all of us and any visitor who might visit will not miss a place to sleep. I will use a further 30,000KES to buy two wooden beds and two mattresses. We have been sleeping on the floor for over 5 years now. It has proven unhealthy because as a family, we constantly experience chest pains. Getting the new beds and mattresses will assure us of nice and comfortable sleep.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Eating sounds normal for any human being. With all the struggles I always go through day by day so as to ensure my family has eaten something, I always feel happy whenever I share a meal with my husband and children at night. This gives me hope that tomorrow will be better.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The drought in my area has made it impossible to harvest anything in our farm for the third season now. This has rendered my family food insecure and putting a regular meal on the table has been difficult. In a week, we can go for three days without food.